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Duke University — CRISPR-Based Epigenome Editing Tools

Organization Name 
Award Date 
10/2018
Grant Amount 
$2,550,171
Purpose 
To support research on the development of CRISPR-based epigenome editing tools to refine genome wide association studies.
Topic (focus area) 

Grant Investigators: Chris Somerville and Heather Youngs

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The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $2,550,171 over three years to Duke University to develop tools to apply epigenome editing to refine genome wide association studies (GWAS). The work will be led by Charles Gersbach, the Rooney Family Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering. This funding will support research to develop CRISPR-based epigenetic tools to interrogate thousands of regions of DNA, allowing for more nuanced studies of genomic regions identified through GWAS. The grant will also fund testing and verification of the tools by identifying loci implicated in schizophrenia, a poorly understood disorder.

This grant falls within our interest in funding scientific research, and specifically within our interest in developing tools and techniques.